What a superb reading by Nathan Kloske, whose audio recordings have made it possible for me to double my reading list.
As a reader and writer on mythic themes I cannot escape the thought that Smith wrote The Uncharted Isle as a meditation on the evolution of the human psyche from dreamtime to the age of reason.
There has always been something about the quadrant of the Pacific above Antarctica, below Easter Island, east of Polynesia and West of Chile that has fascinated writers from Lovecraft to present day. Until 100 years before Smith’s day the southern hemisphere was thought to be home to Terra Australia Incognito, an undiscovered southern continent thought necessary to balance the planet against the Eurasian land mass and the northern mass of Africa and the Americas compared to the narrower southern latitudes.
The brilliant redolence of Clark Ashton Smith’s many dream worlds is as vibrant in The Uncharted Isle as any of his yarns.
As usual Nathan Kloske does justice to the literature of the Pulp Era like no other.